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Chris Sutton: 'I Believe Heading A Football Killed My Dad' ?USC's Drake London Missed AT THE VERY TOP Run In Basketball To Continue His Rise In Football ?Four Big Decisions Facing The Washington Football Team PRIOR TO THE NFL Draft

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Chris Sutton has opened up about the struggle of watching his dad, footballer Mike Sutton, suffer with dementia. The condition required the former Norwich city player to have 24-hour care ahead of his death in 2020. His son Chris, also a former footballer, believes more must be done, including limiting the number of heading the ball in training. The FA says it has "helped to lead the way in ground-breaking research into the links with football and we've an obvious and unwavering commitment, both financially sufficient reason for resource, to aid objective, robust and thorough research in the years ahead." In addition, it says it works closely with the Alzeheimer's society and contains issued updated guidance in England on heading "for several age ranges between under-six and under-18". Read more: Simple measures would protect 'generations to come', says Chris Sutton � (Ashley Landis / Associated Press) USC wide receiver Drake London runs to the end zone on a 65-yard touchdown against UCLA on Dec. 12, 2020, at the Rose Bowl. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) As USC charged to the Elite Eight last month, Drake London watched from afar, warding off pangs of nostalgia. He hadn?t played much basketball lately. Not since devoting himself full time to football in December. But now the sophomore wideout and former wing was feeling the weight of this bittersweet breakup with basketball, his first love. It was hard never to wonder what might?ve been. ?There?s a part of me that, I wouldn?t say regrets, but definitely misses it,? London said. ?But I think I made the proper decision.? No-one is doubting that as spring football settles in at USC. With Amon-ra St. Brown and Tyler Vaughns off to the NFL, London is currently the undisputed leader of USC?s receiving corps, an undeniable fact that should?ve been abundantly clear, even before receivers coach Keary Colbert reiterated it multiple times Tuesday. ?He?s had an excellent two seasons and really excited about his third year and his growth,? Colbert said ahead of USC?s fourth spring practice. "Honestly, this is the first time he?s had a genuine offseason, strictly football. It is possible to kind of tell. I feel like his body is changing. With continued reps and time, he?s likely to continue to dominate at the positioning and just turn into a force in college football.? Even with St. Brown and Vaughns ahead of him in the pecking order, London caught 33 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns last season, earning a location on the All-Pac-12 second team. In their absence, those opportunities should increase exponentially. They won?t solely can be found in the slot, either. After two seasons of lining up primarily on the inside to cater to USC?s other top receivers, London has shifted outside sometimes during spring practice, ?so he is able to check all the boxes for a complete wide receiver,? Colbert said. London may still slide back inside this fall, Colbert clarified. However the point is to put USC?s top receiver in the best possible position to create plays and exploit matchups, wherever which may be. And there?s no disputing who the top dog is at this point. ?His first couple years, he played a lot on the inside due to [Michael] Pittman [Jr.] and Amon-ra and Tyler Vaughns,? Colbert said. ?That?s just just how it worked out, trying to get our best four on the field, that he was inside. And Drake owned it. He was head and shoulders better inside. But we?ve talked about it more this year, just attempting to get him experience externally as well. ?Honestly, he?s just as good inside or outside. He can do it all.? Where the rest of USC?s receivers might fit alongside London is uncertain. Redshirt freshman Bru McCoy has been slowed this spring by way of a nagging hamstring injury, but is expected to slot in to the other outside receiver spot. From then on, it?s anyone?s guess who'll emerge from a particularly deep rotation. K.D. Nixon used in USC in the offseason after four years at Colorado, and his experience should help him earn an early on role. The 5-foot-8, 190-pound wideout has played at both outside and inside receiver through one week of spring, endearing himself quickly to the others of USC?s offense. � (ASSOCIATED PRESS) USC wide receiver Drake London makes a fourth-quarter touchdown catch against Arizona State on Nov. 7, 2020 at the Coliseum. (ASSOCIATED PRESS) ?Apart from just his playing experience, he brings an energy,? Colbert said. ?Many people really like him on the team and in the room. He?s a vet, man.? Gary Bryant Jr. Doesn?t bring exactly the same experience ? he previously just seven catches as a freshman last season ? but his progress, with a complete offseason under his belt, has been encouraging to Colbert. ?He was a great player coming in, but with any freshman, there?s hook transition from learning the plays to playing fast to having that confidence,? Colbert said. ?He knows what he?s doing and what?s expected of him.? A lot of question marks remain beyond that. Kyle Ford is still working his way back from a second season-ending knee injury. Munir McClain is still suspended. And Memphis transfer Tahj Washington won?t arrive until the fall, alongside first-year wideouts Kyron Ware-Hudson and Joseph Manjack. One incoming freshman has recently turned heads. Michael Jackson III, an early enrollee, was earning early plaudits from USC coaches during winter workouts before he announced his arrival to everybody else with a one-handed, highlight-reel grab in tight coverage last Thursday. ?I?m excited about him and what he brings to the area,? Colbert said of Jackson III. ?Honestly, I think he?s had among the better offseason conditioning programs. Just since kid work, from running and lifting, he?s very serious. He?s successful for himself, and I believe it?s great he?s here early.? This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times This can be a crucial year for Rivera and Co. Because, following a year of remodeling, it?s time to show the new pieces can deliver on their promise of a brighter future. They are the team?s four most challenging decisions headed into this year?s NFL draft. Where to find the near future at quarterback Story continues below advertisement Rivera has said he will not feel pressure to identify a franchise quarterback this year, but if Washington wants to, it has no easy options. After being outbid for Matthew Stafford and not finding a long-term solution via free agency or a trade, Washington is left looking to the draft. The top three picks are anticipated to be quarterbacks, and though it is considered a deep class, Washington, at No. 19, is probable out of range for the consensus top-five prospects. Rivera said Washington has quarterbacks it likes but will react to what happens before it in the draft. If the team drafts a quarterback this year, there seem to be two options. The first is to trade up to choose the fourth or fifth prospect, that is likely to are expensive of draft capital. The next option would be to bet on the next tier by residing at No. 19 or waiting before second round or later for quarterbacks such as for example Texas A&M?s Kellen Mond, Florida?s Kyle Trask or Stanford?s Davis Mills. Passing on a quarterback altogether remains a choice. Rivera said at a news conference the other day that he thinks the very best route might end up being the reverse of what his team did in Carolina, when the Panthers drafted Cam Newton first overall and built the roster around him. Story continues below advertisement ?I?ve seen plenty of teams that have had things set up, then drafted their quarterback next year,? he said. ?This may be one of those situations where we put the rest of the pieces in place and a year or two from now the right guy is there and we are able to make that move. We?ll see. Again, you merely never really know and soon you get there.? How exactly to balance the new front-office voices Rivera spent the initial stage of the offseason remodeling the front office, and now that he gets the veteran executives he wanted ? General Manager Martin Mayhew, executive vice president of football/player personnel Marty Hurney, senior director of player personnel Eric Stokes, director of pro personnel Chris Polian and director of college personnel Tim Gribble ? he needs to find the best approach to utilize them. Story continues below advertisement Rivera said some dynamics attended into focus. Hurney is a road GM who enjoys scouting; Mayhew is more of an ?office guy? who prefers watching film. During free agency, Rivera noted Stokes provided constant updates on new contracts to help the team find positions of value. The coach?s task is keeping all of them working as a team. ?Everybody?s on the same page,? Rivera said. ?Whenever we?ve gotten alongside the top guys ? it?s kind of neat because there?s lots of experience in those rooms. Every one of those guys has over 20 years in this league. We got older, but I think we got a bit more experience.? When to address remaining positions of need Story continues below advertisement Washington still has several holes and thin spots on its roster, including at linebacker, safety, left tackle and tight end. Leading office must choose whether to address them in the last waves of free agency or at the draft, though it seems unlikely the team would find more than depth on the open market. The only addition Washington made this late in free agency this past year was cornerback Ronald Darby on April 1. ?What we?re going to do is take a step back, continue our prep for the draft,? Rivera said last week of the team?s free agency plans. ?But we?re also likely to look at who?s still out there. We?ve targeted a couple of positions that we still want to focus on and monitor.? How to proceed ahead of next year?s roster problems Story continues below advertisement Roster-building is really a game of whack-a-mole, so while Washington fills its needs for this year, it also must monitor problems for next year. This includes the continuing future of key players, including defensive tackle Jonathan Allen, tight end Logan Thomas, right guard Brandon Scherff and safety Landon Collins. Allen and Thomas are on expiring contracts but at different stages of their careers. Allen is 26; Thomas will turn 30 in July. Washington must decide if it really wants to sign them to longer-term deals before the season or wait and see afterward. The next question is Scherff. The right guard will play on his second straight franchise tag unless he and the team work out a long-term deal by July 15, and Rivera said the sides hadn?t discussed an extension since he signed his tender a few weeks ago. If Washington believes it won?t be able to retain him next year, it has an all-pro-caliber hole and could try to get ahead of the problem by acquiring an inside offensive lineman. Story continues below advertisement The last is Collins. Washington must decide whether to help keep him at strong safety after he returns from the season-ending Achilles? tendon injury he suffered in October. The emergence of rookie safety Kam Curl will force this issue because, while Curl could shift to free safety, he?s viewed as better at strong. The team has leverage because Collins?s play hasn?t equaled his .9 million salary cap hit, and he?ll become cut-able next offseason when his contract runs out of guaranteed money. The team has a need at linebacker following Kevin Pierre-Louis?s departure, and there has been some discussion in the media about the possibility of Collins switching to that position. But Collins recently said on Instagram, in response to a fan?s question, he wouldn?t play linebacker. ESPN analyst Ryan Clark said Washington must decide whether its best lineup is Curl at free safety and Collins at strong, or Curl at strong and Collins at linebacker. ?Kam Curl has to play,? Clark said. ? ? So now it?s figuring out where Kam fits. Does Landon proceed to dime [linebacker] when they?re in sub package? Obviously, [Collins] can fit off the tight ends, can play the run, an exceptionally good blitzer and tackler. So now we are able to have Kam at the strong safety, Landon as the dime backer, a genuine [middle linebacker] calling defenses 토토커뮤니티

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